Storm Front (Dresden Files # 1) – Jim Butcher (8.1/10)

A great introduction to the world of Harry Dresden, professional wizard. Chicago’s only professional wizard, by the way.

I have enjoyed the characterisation, and for the technically minded, the writer’s perspective, setup and story-telling technique. In this novel particularly, our main character already has a past, we don’t get to come in with him as he is setting up his business. Discovering that he has the White Council already breathing down his neck for wrongs real or imagined. That the Chicago PD use him on spec when they need something weird looked into. That he has trained in the magical arts and knows his own limitations.

All of this makes the world that Harry Dresden inhabits so much more real for me. That and the smart-alec remarks and observations that the author brings to Harry. Two books in now and I’m very much enjoying the adventures. No sign of stale writing or formulaic patterns that so many series fall into.

Well worth the read.

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